Saturday, 28 December 2013

Brecon Mountain Railway

Yesterday I visited the Brecon Mountain Railway which runs from Pant along the full length of the Pontsticill Reservoir. It's something that Martyn and I had been looking forward to and it was nice to get some fresh air after all the excess of Christmas.

The location was beautiful, it's on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park with its amazing mountain, lake and forest scenery. It's based near Merthyr which at one time it was the greatest iron making town in the world and most of the earlier railways used iron rolled by its mills. It also witnessed the trial run of the Trevithick locomotive - the first steam railway engine in 1804.

Dress: Fashion World - Hat : New Look - Wellies : Hunter - Bag: Vivienne Westwood - Coat: Tesco


I've always love trains but my current obsession can be blamed on Michael Portillo and his fantastic programme Great British Railway Journeys which I love watching. I'm fascinated by our industrial history here in the UK and trains played a huge role in that.

a picture of a steam train

The train that we saw that day was a No.2 Baldwin Locomotive which was built in the 1930s in the USA and was used by a cement works in Port Elizabeth in South Africa. 



a picture of Brecon Mountain Railway

Enjoying the views of the reservoir.


We wanted to walk around the reservoir but there were 60mph winds yesterday which kind of ruled that out so we headed to a viewing point in the Brecon Beacons and had our lunch with some speldid views before heading back home. 

a picture of pen y fan in wales

Pont ar Daf path up to Pen y Fan.


I can highly recommend a trip to the Brecon Mountain Railway and there's so much to see in this area I know I'm going to be there a lot this summer. Can't wait for some good weather to head out to the National Park which is practically on my doorstep. 


Gemma
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18 comments:

  1. I'm ashamed to say I live in Merthyr and have never been on the Brecon Mountain Railway! I know, I'm hanging my head in shame, I've walked past there so many times but just never been on the train. Looks awesome though, I so need to give it a go, something to look forward to this summer :)

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    1. Aaaw you should, it's only £11 for tickets and you can make a day of it if you take a picnic and walk around the reservoir x

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  2. Looks like such a wonderful day <3 How gorgeous the photos are, and you look oh so very happy xx

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  3. Oh wow this looks really fun! I'm a big railways fan too, have you been to the York Moors one Gem? You'd love it, there are 5 or 6 stops and at the end of the line you can walk around the old Heart Beat set haha! <3 Claire @ Jazzpad

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    1. I haven't, I really want to visit the museum in York too. I'll have to head up this summer I think x

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  4. Looks like a beautiful place and you look super cute gem :]x

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  5. You always go on the best road trips gem!
    Sophie
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  6. Hi Gemma! Can I just say that I absolutely love the design of your blog! I'm a sucker for purple and I love the purple shade you've picked. Now on to this wonderful trip, I think this is amazing! I wish I was able to travel further while I was in the UK, but then again that's one good reason to go back there and tick this off my list. xx Donah

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    1. Thanks Donah, a lovely lady called Gillian helped me with it. I'm useless at anything design related. You definitely need to come back and make tome to visit Wales.

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  7. Ah you can't go wrong with a good train ride - i'm a bit of a train geek myself - I grew up by the National Railway Museum in York and always going for rides on the North Yorks Train ride - which are highly worthwhile!

    My love would explain the huge cupboard full of model train pieces and set up we have once we have a spare room to set it all up (yes really). I too love the Michael Portillo shows, if you ever fancy a railroad read I highly recommend anything by Christain Wolmar (I think that's correct) - he has published works about everything from the history of the railways (in the UK and internationally), the London Underground through to the role of trains in the war. Excellent reads all round!

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    1. ooh thanks Rachael, will definitely check out the Christain Wolmar books. I bought my boyfriend a Bradshaw's Guide for Christmas :)

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  8. Looks like you had a brilliant time and got such beautiful pictures! I have been to the Brecon Beacons many years ago, I climbed Pan Y Fen. It is truly beautiful!

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    1. Really hoping to do that in the summer, I'm so lucky that the Beacons are only about 45 mins away from where I live.

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  9. What a pretty place - trains are so underrated. Love your dress! :) x

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  10. You were so lucky with the weather Gem! I remember trying to go on the railway once but there was fog so we didn't get to go. Beautiful location, I really must try and go another time if we can grab a sunny day. We've got no excuse now we live in the Rhondda, we're much closer to the Beacons.

    Love the hat, looks great on you.
    P x

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  11. This looks stunning, I definitely need to visit Wales!

    Maria xxx

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  12. I was up in the Brecons on Sunday but on the other side of the reservoir and saw the train chugging along with steam billowing out, it looked fantastic. I went on the railway years ago when I took a nursery class to see Father Christmas, I've been recommending it to people ever since.

    Someone I work with is a massive train buff and he's insistent that the Forest of Dean railway is even better, not sure if you've been there yet but it might be worth checking out :)

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